• PSDP Applicants’ Frequently Asked Questions

    This FAQ list is for information purposes only and is not intended to address every contingency. If you do not see your question answered below, have extraordinary circumstances, or would like additional details, please call or email PSDP Administration.

  • The first step is to contact the PSDP Administrative Office at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (513-636-6201 or ana.madani@cchmc.org) for an Eligibility Form. Please review the Applying section of this website for more details. If you are found eligible, the PSDP Administrator will send you an application packet with instructions.

    The application submission / receipt deadline is March 11 of each year, no later than 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. If March 11 is on a weekend day, then the deadline will be extended to 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time on the following Monday.

    Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the completed application and all supporting documentation is received by the PSDP Administrative Office at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center before the deadline.

    Yes. However, at the time of award, candidates must be citizens or legal permanent residents of Canada or the United States of America so funding can be issued.

    In accordance with PSDP policy, the award is only for citizens or lawful permanent residents of Canada or the USA. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.

    No. All applications will be judged first on their merit. Given the high quality of applicants that we receive, successful applicants from all departments/divisions/schools will need to exhibit extraordinary capabilities, research questions and potential.

    Anyone with a DO, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent degree (e.g. MBBS) may submit an Eligibility Form. PhDs without an MD are not eligible to apply.

    Since its inception 26 years ago, the PSDP has sought to broaden the cadre of research-trained pediatricians and so gives priority to those in a first-time research experience who do not have the PhD.

    Individuals who have the MD/PhD degree who are found eligible for the PSDP are welcome to apply, but are advised that the process is extremely competitive. PSDP policy states that no more than 25% of funded positions each year may be awarded to those with the MD/PhD degree. For MD/PhD applicants, the PSDP Selection Committee has typically given preference to those whose PSDP project was in a new area, outside the research area of the PhD.

    Not at all; the PSDP especially encourages applications from pediatric residents without previous laboratory experience.

    No. Awardees are expected to have uninterrupted research time for two consecutive years. Special arrangements are made for pregnancy and child-bearing or for illness.

    Each Fellow must spend 100 percent effort on the research project in the first two years of the PSDP.

    The PSDP stipulates that each fellow must dedicate 100 percent effort on the research project in the first two years of the program. If conducting your research project requires patient contact (not patient care), you may include a request for up to 10% clinical time in your research proposal (for collecting specimens, interviews, etc.).

    PSDP fellows who receive a third year of funding may request up to 15% of their time for clinical work.

    The nominating chair is the chair of the Department of Pediatrics from which you apply to the PSDP as a resident or as a first year fellow, depending on your area of specialty. The nominating chair is NOT your fellowship director.

    The sponsoring chair is the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the institution where you will complete your fellowship, which will include your PSDP-supported research. In some cases, the nominating and sponsoring chairs are the same person. In that case, you only need to submit one letter. When you contact the PSDP Program Office with your Eligibility Form, we can help you to identify nominating and sponsoring chairs.

    Eight PSDP Fellows were selected in 2007 through 2010. The exact number of PSDP Fellows will vary from year to year depending on a number of factors, including the amount and duration of support from non-NIH funding sources.

    No. Unfortunately, the program rules do not permit re-applying.

    PSDP Fellows are supported for a minimum of two and a maximum of three years. However, renewal of funding is contingent upon successful annual progress reports. A third year of continued funding for existing projects is potentially available through a competitive application process in the autumn of the second PSDP year.

    No, moonlighting is considered clinical work, distracts individuals from the research program, and is strictly prohibited.

    PDSP policy requires Fellows to devote 100 percent effort to research and research-related activities during both years of the PSDP award. PSDP provides up to $65,000 salary in year one and $70,000 salary in year two (plus 15% fringe benefits) and up to $20,000 for supplies and research-related expenses each year. PSDP Fellows who successfully apply for a third year of funding receive $75,000 salary in year three (plus 15% fringe benefits) and up to $20,000 for supplies and research-related expenses for the third year.